North of Ordinary:
The Arctic Photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie

February 18 - August 27, 2017

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Susan Kooyman


This exhibition celebrates the remarkable photography of Geraldine Moodie (1854-1945) and Douglas Moodie (1849-1947) during their time living in Canada's North (now Nunavut) from 1903-1909. Geraldine was western Canada's first professional woman photographer, running successful studios in Alberta and Saskatchewan in the 1890s, where she became well known for her portrait photography. Geraldine's husband Douglas was a senior officer of the North-West Mounted Police. When Douglas was assigned to establish a NWMP detachment in Fullerton Harbour, on the western shore of Hudson's Bay, Geraldine accompanied him and brought her photographic equipment. The two Moodies were an inspired and complementary pair; she set up a studio in the police detachment house and took intimate portraits of the local Inuit community, while he (trained in photography by his wife) documented the landscape and his work with the Mounted Police.

North of Ordinary draws on an extraordinary 2015 donation to Glenbow of almost 500 vintage negatives (including glass plates, nitrate and lantern slides), as well as the photographers' diaries, reports, and photo registers. This gives us an almost-unheard-of opportunity to use the Moodies' own words to describe their work. Most of the photographs in this exhibition are accompanied by quotes and stories from Geraldine and Douglas' diaries about the people or places in the images.

Douglas Moodie, Dominion Government Steamer Geraldine Moodie, <em>Portrait of Inuit woman, Kootucktuck, in her beaded attigi, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut</em>, February 1905, Collection of Glenbow Geraldine Moodie, <em>Inuit women and children at summer camp, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut</em>, August 1906, Collection of Glenbow

If you're interested in learning more about the lives of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie, you can read the couple's Hudson Bay diaries as well as find significant family records and other research material at Glenbow's digital archives catalogue.

You can also explore more than 600 Moodie photographs that have been collected online in Glenbow's digitized photo catalogue.

and order a high-resolution digital copy of any of the Moodie photographs (or any of the 118, 000 historical photographs, illustrations, cartoons and posters available on Glenbow's online archives) directly from the Archives image search pages. Need help? contact Glenbow's photo order desk at archives@glenbow.org or 403.268.4204.

Geraldine Moodie, Inuit woman ice fishing, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, 1905, Collection of Glenbow

Supported by

The images on display in the North of Ordinary: The Arctic Photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie were printed by Calgary's Resolve Photo. http://resolvephoto.ca/

Douglas Moodie, Dominion Government Steamer "Neptune", decorated with flags, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, July 1, 1904, Collection of Glenbow
Geraldine Moodie, Portrait of Inuit woman, Kootucktuck, in her beaded attigi, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, February 1905, Collection of Glenbow
Geraldine Moodie, Inuit women and children at summer camp, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, August 1906, Collection of Glenbow
Geraldine Moodie, Inuit woman ice fishing, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, 1905, Collection of Glenbow


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